The Middle Class Entitlement Mentality

Bankrate.com has an interesting article about how certain things we deem “needs” more likely belong in the category “wants” or even “entitlements.” Jay McDonald writes, A lot of us in wealthy, overspending America are either born or raised with a tremendous sense of entitlement. We say to ourselves, ‘I work hard or, I work at a job I hate — at least I should be able to have a Starbucks coffee every day or eat out for lunch.’ But of course, those are not needs, they’re wants. They’re pleasures. A more theological treatment can be found here. Personally, about 10 years ago, I had been buried under a pile of credit card debt that took a lot of discipline to pay for. I wish I had this perspective during those childish years of plastic swiping foolishness. McDonald lists 12 things many Americans feel entitled to that can be a big…

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Large Cities Need Healthy Churches to Survive

So write Joel Kotkin, in The American. In this article, Kotkin asserts that large metropolitan areas have become havens for the uber-rich while the poor insist on sticking around since they can be difficult to displace. What he argues is that there is something missing in this equation: a thriving middle class. And a staple of the American middle class is strong, healthy churches. Without a middle class, cities become playgrounds for the rich and their “servants,” and are largely “without children, particularly of school-age.” Even though large cities boast about being places of great diversity, the lack of a strong middle class makes them “hip, dense versions of the most constipated suburb imaginable.” Large cities should look beyond the “luxury city” and begin to work hard to attract middle class people with families. Of course, this isn’t as ritzy and glamorous as other alternatives, but long term, middle class…

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